HC Deb 20 January 1981 vol 997 cc125-6W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how the science budget for 1981–82 will be divided between the recipient bodies.

Mr. Mark Carlisle

I have accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Board for the Research Councils that the science budget in 1981–82 should, subject to approval by Parliament of the Estimates in due course, be allocated as follows:

£ million (1980 survey prices)
Agricultural Research Council 30.6
Medical Research Council 73.2
Natural Environment Research Council 39.4
Science Research Council 174.3
Social Science Research Council 16.1
British Museum (Natural History) 6.5
Royal Society 3.3
The figure for the Medical Research Council includes a sum of £13.9 million transferred to the science budget from the Health Departments in respect of research hitherto commissioned by them with the council, following from the revised arrangements announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services on 28 October last.